CSX train derails north of Atlanta on Thursday morningWritten by David C. Lester, Editor-in-Chief
A CSX freight trained derailed the morning of Thursday, Feb. 17 in Kingston, Ga., just northwest of Atlanta.
Kingston is located in Bartow County, and Bartow County Fire & Emergency Services reported that four tank cars and one box car derailed around 10:00 a.m. There were no injuries and no hazmat leaks. Bartow officials said that CSX personnel were on the scene, and Johnson St. and Church St. were blocked.
This is the second CSX derailment in Georgia in February, although the first derailment on February 7 in Douglas, Ga., near Waycross, occurred when a CSX train struck a semi-truck stuck at a grade crossing and derailed several cars.
RT&S reached out to CSX for a statement on Thursday’s derailment, and received the following: “Just after 10:00 a.m. Thursday, a CSX train derailed five railcars near Church Street in Kingston, Georgia. There were no injuries and no leaks or spills of any freight. The cause of the incident is under investigation.” CSX also reported that the line has been reopened.